Thursday 14 November 2019

Adventure loving George Roche sailed around the world twice in his youth

The late George Roche.
The late George Roche.

The unexpected death of George Roche of Ferndale Park on St. Valentine's Day came as a shock to all who knew him.

George (75) died in Wexford General Hospital after a brief illness.

George who is originally from St. Aidan's was married to Nuala (Mary) and the couple would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this August. The couple lived first in Kennedy Park which is where Nuala is from before moving to Ferndale.

They reared four children, Lisa, Ray, Rodney and Kim and their love remained true to each other for their long and happy marriage. In fact George was such an old romantic that he held on at Wexford General Hospital until Valentine's Day to ensure that Nuala would get her annual Valentine's flowers and card.

The very quick passing of George has left all his family with a deep sadness in their hearts, not only in the hearts of his wife and children but also his 14 grandchildren.

George started working at a young age becoming a sailor at Rosslare at the age of 15 years. He sailed around the world twice and loved to recall all the adventures of his travels at sea to his children and in later years his grandchildren.

After hanging up his sea legs he worked at Wexford Creamery where he was a popular employee.

George was a kind, quiet man with a great sense of fun taking great pride in his family and home. He took a keen interest in all his grandchildren's hobbies and interest and each of them were privy to where Grandad kept his bag of sweets!

George and Nuala loved spending time together and were happiest in each other's company. On Saturdays George loved to sit by the fire at home watching the horse racing while indulging in a pint of Guinness. He also loved sitting in the garden in the summer sun bidding a warm hello to all his neighbours and friends. He was a familiar sight in the garden and everyone loved to stop and have a chat with George.

During his funeral his daughter Kim read a poignant tribute to her dad which she penned herself.'Heaved received a true gentleman on Valentine's Day and left us all knowing what it truly felt like to be lived by a wonderful dad, granddad and husband. The sadness we feel is one that can never go away but at dad's bedside we promised him we would like after mam and on the strength of that promise we keep our faith in him always being with us.'

Kim said the care George received in St. Aidan's Ward in Wexford General Hospital as well as the support they received from family, friends and neighbours has been amazing.

George is survived by his heartbroken wife Nuala, his devastated children, Lisa Ray, Rodney and Kim. brother Sony, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Wexford People